Washington, D.C. September 2015—Nearly 700 women attended the National Council of Catholic Women’s 95th anniversary convention at the Hilton Orlando- Lake Buena Vista, Florida, September 9-12.
Attendees of the 2015 National Council of Catholic Women’s annual convention in Orlando, Florida, were surprised by the guest appearance of Mickey Mouse and a special presentation on the 95 years of NCCW history at the 95th birthday luncheon celebration. The NCCW convention is the annual gathering of women leaders from Catholic women’s organizations in parishes and dioceses throughout the United States. The theme of this year’s Convention was “Be the Voice of Catholic Women: Sowers of Hope.”
“Celebrating 95 years of history, the program was packed with training, speakers and fun which generated the excitement to draw this exceptional gathering of Catholic women to Orlando,” said Sheila Hopkins, newly installed NCCW President and Co-Chair of the Convention.
Keynote speakers included Dr. Carolyn Woo, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services; Richard Doerflinger, Associate Director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Marybeth Hicks, Marketing Director for FAITH Catholic, and Brandon Vogt, Content Director for Bishop Robert Barron's Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. Training sessions were conducted by the three commissions—Spirituality, Leadership and Service—and training for new council presidents was offered by the Leadership Training Development Team. At the closing session of the convention, new province directors from several areas of the United States were installed.
Four resolutions were adopted at this Convention: End Persecution of Christians in the Middle East, Pray and Support for Consecrated Life, Examine the Influence of Media on Marriage and the Family, and Use the NCCW Website.
The opening liturgy was celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe by NCCW Episcopal Liaison the Most Reverend James V. Johnston, Jr., Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, and concelebrated by the Most Rev. Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee. Friday's liturgy honoring deceased members of NCCW was celebrated by Most Rev. John Noonan, Bishop of Orlando. The closing liturgy, celebrated by the Most Rev. Thomas Wenski, Archbishop of Miami, included the installation of the 2015-2017 officers of NCCW—President Sheila Hopkins, Tallahassee, FL; President Elect Maribeth Stewart, West Haven, CT and Secretary Jean Kelly, Elm Grove, WI. An additional 84 priests, spiritual directors of NCCW, attended the liturgies including the Most Reverend David R. Choby, Bishop of Nashville, who concelebrated the Saturday liturgy.
The 2016 Annual Convention will be held September 7-10 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Luba was born on March 6, 1954 and is married to Fr. Michael Kowalchyk. Their family consists of two children Walter (Danielle), Andrew (Wanda), and grandchildren, Kristine, Larissa, Maxim, Zoryanna and Victoria. In 1987, Luba graduated from NAIT, Business Department , majoring in Administrative Management and Accounting. Her employment included 1988 - 1993 Executive Director of Ukrainian Canadian Social Services. During her time with Ukrainian Canadian Social Service, Luba was responsible for initiating resettlement of Ukrainian refugees from former Yugoslavia. More then 150 families fourth generation of Ukrainian descent fled the prosecution in their homeland and settled in Edmonton. From 1993 to the present date Luba has been the Manager of Meest for Western Canada.
Inclusive of her dedicated work provincially and nationally with UCWLC, Luba is the founder and Manger of “Bridge of Hope” a charitable arm of the Edmonton Eparchy, sponsorship of needy and orphaned children in Ukraine though the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate (SSMI) in Ukraine.
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Fruits of Arlington, Messengers of Hope
I write of a WUCWO-inspired collaboration between a woman in Cameroon (Africa) and myself. We became acquainted at the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (WUCWO) 2006 General Assembly in Arlington, Virginia which was an effort for both of us to attend.
As International Concerns Chair for my Diocesan CCW it is a privilege to choose and present a particular global need to our membership for their support. I prayed that the Assembly would provide opportunity as I prepared to travel to Virginia. Our hotel was filled with 800 of the most beautifully diverse women I’d ever seen, the joy present was tangible.
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The National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) 2013 Convention was held September 25 – 28, 2013 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with nearly 500 participants from across the USA.
The theme, “Be the Voice of Catholic Women: Confidence, Hope & Joy,” was based on the purpose of the proposed women’s council which was created by the United States Bishops in 1920: “To give the Catholic women of the country a common voice and an instrument of common action in all matters affecting Catholic or national welfare.”